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Type: 2nd rate ; Armament 84
Taken : 30-31 Mar 1800 ; Disposal date or year : 1840
BM: 2265 tons
Dimensions : Length of first deck 194 ft. 4 in. Extreme breadth 51 ft. 72 in.
30-31 Mar 1800 capture of the Guillaume-Tell, 80, off Malta. The Guillaume-Tell was subsequently taken into the Service under the name of Malta.
1 Nov 1800 Portsmouth, arrived Spithead the Malta, late Guillaume Tell, 86, from the Mediterranean, which was immediately put under quarantine. She had parted company the Perseus frigate and her convoy in a gale, off Cape Finisterre.
8 Mar to 2 Sep 1801 Off the coast of Egypt.
10 Jul 1801 went out of harbour to Spithead, the Malta, Capt Bertie.
11 Jul 1801 a Court Martial was held, on board the Gladiator, in Portsmouth harbour, on Mr. Thomas Poppleton, Master of the Malta, on a charge of his quitting Portsmouth, and going to London, without leave, after having been told by Captain Bertie, his commander, that he could not authorise his quitting this place. The charge not being proved, Mr. Poppleton was acquitted.
19 Jul 1801 dropped down from Spithead to St Helen's the Malta, 100, in the company of the frigate Constance, and remains.
circa 23 Jul 1801 the Malta, Capt Bertie, and Texel, Capt Incledon, are now ordered to be stationed at St Helen's, for the purpose of examining all vessels coming into Portsmouth harbour, and preventing any designs that may be formed by the enemy. Similar orders have been issued to the other Port Admirals ; and all Captains and other officers are enjoined to sleep on board their respective ships.
28 Jul 1801 at St Helen's, her ship's company were paid.
Circa Aug 1801 J.S. Kelly, Esq. Surgeon of his Majesty's late ship Jason, is appointed to the Malta.
24 Aug 1801 remains at St Helen's.
15 Sep 1801 departed Spithead the Malta, to join the Channel Fleet.
28 Oct 1801 the Namur is reported to have led the Atlas, Princess Royal, Formidable, Windsor Castle and Orion into Bearhaven harbour. It has subsequently blown hard and the Orion carried away her main and mizen masts and has been detached to Plymouth. The Glory, Malta and Resolution had parted in a fog and were expected shortly.
11 Nov 1801 the Malta, Resolution, and Vengeance, had not joined the detached squadron at Bantry Bay.
17 Nov 1801 Admiral Sir A. Mitchell made the signal for unbending sails, which was followed by the fleet, therefore it is supposed the squadron which consists of the following ships will winter near Beerhaven, in Bantry Bay, viz. Windsor Castle, Temeraire, Barfleur, Princess Royal, Formidable, Atlas, Namur, Majestic, Resolution, Vengeance, Malta, of 84 guns, Centaur.
The Glory, had put into Cork, and the Juste, had not joined. Provisions were plenty : a fat sheep nine shillings, Geese one shilling each, eggs two-pence per dozen, and fish and game to be had in great abundance.
29 Dec 1801 this evening anchored at St Helen's, IoW, on arrival from Bantry Bay, with the squadron under the command of V.-Adm. Sir A. Mitchell, with a view to trying the mutineers from the Squadron.
22 Jan 1802 the Barfleur, Capt Ommanney ; Malta, Capt Bertie ; Centaur, Capt Littlehales ; Achilles, (sic) Capt Wallis ; Doris, Capt Brisbane., are under orders to depart Spithead for Torbay.
7 Feb 1802 departed Spithead, the Barfleur, 98, R.-Adm. Collingwood, Capt Ommaney ; Glory, 98, Capt Wells ; Malta, 84, Capt Bertie ; Achille, 74, Capt Wallis ; Canada, 74, Capt York ; Centaur, 74, Capt Littlehales ; and Doris, 36, Capt Brisbane, to Torbay, to join the Channel Fleet.
8 Mar 1802 arrived Cawsand Bay to be paid and victualled, the Malta, 84, and Canada, 74.
14 Mar 1802 remains in Cawsand Bay.
20 Mar 1802 paid 6 months wages by R.-Adm. Dacres in Cawsand Bay.
23 Mar 1802 remains in Cawsand Bay until Capt Bertie recovers from his indisposition.
2 Apr 1802 at Plymouth, the Malta, 84, is ordered to be paid off here, and will go up into the harbour on first fair wind.
4 Apr 1802 went up into Plymouth harbour this afternoon, to be stripped and paid off. She draws more water than any ship in the Navy ; all the boats of the fleet attended, by signal at the different buoys, as marks for her going up safe. It being Sunday a number of spectators assembled at the different points of land to see her pass up.
8 Apr 1802 from the very meritorious and seamanlike conduct of the crew of the Malta, 84, particularly during the mutiny in Bantry Bay last December, Captain Bertie means to give a printed certificate of the good conduct to each seaman and marine when paid off ; recommending the seaman to any of his Majesty's ships when recommissioned, or to the merchants' service.
12 Apr 1802 paid off in Hamoaze, and laid up in ordinary, 300 of her crew shipped themselves on board Portsmouth hoys for the eastern ports, and the Lapwing will take Scottish seamen paid off here to Leith and the Orkneys, and round to Greenock ; the Fisgard will take Irish seamen ; and the Imogene will take seamen for Wales and Liverpool.
15 Apr 1802 a very honourable trait of the true character of a real British tar occurred in Frankfort place, Plymouth, last evening : several of the French prisoners were permitted to come on shore from the cartels, to purchase necessaries for their passage. A seaman of the Malta, 84, paid off on Monday last, met the party, and recognised a French seaman, whose life he had saved, from La Vengeur, 74, which sunk on the glorious 1st of June 1794 ; when he was in the jolly boat of the Alfred, 74, with other boats, to save the sinking crew, and in which business the Rambler cutter, Captain Winne, bore so distinguished a part. Recollecting each other, mutual congratulations took place, and the honest British tar actually treated each French prisoner, twenty in number, with a glass of grog ; making them drink the King and Constitution of Old England, and prosperity to England and France. The ruddy appearance of the French prisoners will contradict any idle reports of their being starved on board the prison ships, for perhaps never were men so healthy, taking every circumstance into consideration, and is a trait of British humanity worthy the English nation. The conduct of the seamen paid off here, adds further lustre to their character, they behave peaceably, and with few exceptions, every man is sober.
20 Apr 1802 departed Plymouth Sound the Fisgard, 48, takes round the Portsmouth marines paid off from the Juste, and Malta.
Circa 24 Apr 1802 Mr. Henry Benge, late Midshipman of the Malta, is made a Lieutenant.
11 Mar 1803 in view of the apparent unravelling of the Peace of Amiens and the reintroduction of Impressment the Admiralty order the following ships of the line to be commissioned at Plymouth : Mars, Malta, Tonant, Conqueror, and Spartiate.
21 Mar 1803 Capt Butler came on board.
23 Mar 1803 has got all he lower rigging over head, and top-masts up.
31 Mar 1803 remains in Hamoaze fitting for sea.
7 Apr 1803 warped down the harbour to the lower moorings preparatory to going into Cawsand Bay.
10 Apr 1803 has gone down from Hamoaze to Cawsand Bay.
16 May 1803 Adm Cornwallis sailed on Monday from Torbay, with a squadron consisting of the following ships : Dreadnought, 98, Hon Adm Cornwallis, First Capt Murray, Second Capt Brace ; Neptune, 98, Capt Drury ; Albion, 74, Capt Ferrier ; Minotaur, 74, Capt Louis ; Ardent, 64, Capt Winthorp ; Culloden, 74, R.-Adm Campbell, Capt Lane ; Venerable, 74, Capt Searle ; Sceptre, 74, Capt Dickson ; Thunderer, 74, Capt Bedford ; and Russel, 74, Capt Williams. The Tonant, Malta, Spartiate, Plantagenet, Mars and Conqueror, lying in Cawsand Bay are nearly ready for sea, and want but few men to complete their complement.
6 Jun 1803 sent into Plymouth the Dutch ship Marstroom, a prize to a tender of the Malta.
27 Jun 1803 departed Plymouth to join the Channel Fleet.
7 Jul 1803 it is reported unofficially in a number of publications that the following ships of the line : Malta, Canopus, Sceptre, and Conqueror, have been sent from the Channel Fleet to assist with the blockade off Cadiz &c.
Circa 30 Jul 1803 the Malta was left cruising off Cadiz when the Canopus departed for Gibraltar.
16 Sep 1803 a letter received from the squadron based off Cadiz, states that it consists of the Canopus, Conqueror, Sultan, Malta, ships of the line ; and Doris, frigate ; and Hind cutter, so I guess we are looking at a date of dispatch of about 3+ weeks prior to receipt ? The writer discusses his best guesses, plus galley rumours for the future plans for these vessels, but don't think it worth detailing.
19 Dec 1803 it is interesting to note that messages received in England dated Cork the 19 Dec., were expecting the Britannia, Malta and Ardent hourly, which perhaps suggests that not only the stormy weather blowing up the English Channel was causing problems for the Admiralty, by keeping ships in sheltered waters, such as Torbay and St Helen's, but that one could not ignore the rumours doing the rounds that the French might use the Christmas period as a good time to attack England, despite the fact that the winds were blowing from a direction that would have prevented the French and Dutch from accessing the open sea ?
26 Dec 1803 the Malta's prize, French ship Les Deux Amis, wrecked on the Catwater at Plymouth in the recent gales, with 178 hogsheads of sugar and 38 casks of coffee, was an old ship, and although safely moored when the storm began, her crew narrowly escaping with their lives, but the vessel soon went to pieces and her cargo floated out of her, some of which was recovered.
10 Mar 1804 the Morning Chronicle reports that information received from the Tonnant, 80, Adm Sir Edw Pellew, advises that she was blockading Ferrol with the Malta, 80 ; Spartiate, 74 ; Northumberland, 74 ; Spencer, 74 ; Ganges, 74 ; Ardent, 64 ; and the cutter Nimble. The frigate Hussar, recently lost on the Saints, was reported to be carrying dispatches from Sir Edward.
29 May 1804 arrived the Malta, Capt Buller for Cawsand Bay, Plymouth, from off Ferrol.
31 May 1804 the recent bad weather appears to have done some damage and she is ordered up into the harbour to be repaired and refitted.
2 Jun 1804 made a signal to the Admiral asking to come up came up into Hamoaze, so that on it being answered, when going up this morning, having got under weigh at 8 pm, the ship was met by the boats of the master and attendant of the Dockyard at the Red Buoy, which conducted her, with a pilot on board, up thru' the Narrows to her moorings off the North Jetty, to refit using the Medway hulk as accommodation for her ship's company, near Jetty Head. The crew began stripping her preparatory to going into dock to have her bottom and upper works examined, and her stem newly bolted and secured, having been much shook and loosened in the gales of 25 Dec., and 19 Jan last.
9 Jul 1804 when in company with the Conqueror, Canopus, Malta, Doris and Fox, the Sceptre was present when the Le Petit Fils D'Olivier was captured.
11 Jul 1804 made a signal to drop down from Hamoaze to Cawsand Bay, but the wind blowing hard ESE meant that she had to remain at a lower mooring until the wind had dropped.
15 Jul 1804 wind now round to ENE, but still unable to move.
16 Jul 1804 the Malta departed Plymouth with the Colossus to join the Channel fleet and had just got abreast of Penlee Point when the former was recalled by signal.
18 Jul 1804 departed Cawsand Bay, Plymouth, for off Ferrol, with a fine wind at NNE.
23 Oct 1804 the Ganges reports that the following vessels remained in Ayres Bay, off Ferrol, when she departed for England : Northumberland, Neptune, Ajax, Illustrious, Spartiate, Malta ; and the frigates Endymion, and Phoenix ; and brig Rambler. On her arrival in England the Ganges also reported that Spain was preparing for War against England.
12 Dec 1804 arrived Cawsand Bay, Plymouth, from off Rochefort.
20 Dec 1804 last night it blew a dreadful gale at SSE, with a great surf in Cawsand Bay. The men of war having good ground, rode out well till this morning, when the Malta, drove her anchors and was obliged to veer away more cable and she touched some of the rocks, but was brought up again very soon. Boats arriving off Cawsand Bay from the harbour with victuals, stores and pay, were all obliged to return whence they came, as the gale continued to blow as strongly.
29 Dec 1804 arrived Cawsand Bay, the Malta ; has landed $60,000 consigned by British merchants in Spain to their London correspondents.
15 Jan 1805 Capt Granger apptd to the Malta, vice Capt Butler, absent with leave, to attend to his Parliamentary duties.
16 Jan 1805 departed Cawsand Bay, Plymouth, the Malta, Capt Granger, with provisions for the fleet off Torbay.
Circa 21 Jan 1805 Capt Granger apptd to the Malta vice Bullen pro tempore.
15 Jul 1805 with the blockading squadron off Ferrol, under Sir Robert Calder : departed 30 to 40 leagues off Finisterre to intercept Franco-Spanish fleet from the West Indies. 22nd sighted each other. Signal made to engage the enemy - the engagement. The damage ; subsequent manoeuvres by the two fleets ; the wash-up ; 26 Jul 1805 movements of the fleet following the battle.
31 Jul 1805 Sent to England to be refitted.
24 Feb 1808 the squadron under Lord Collingwood departed from Syracuse for Palermo. 2 Mar was joined by V.-adm Thornborough and R.-adm Strachan off the island of Maritimo. 6 Mar received news that the French fleet had been at sea for a month and departed in a search, which continued for a week or two after the French fleet had returned to Toulon on 10 Apr. Leaving Vice-admiral Thornborough with a sufficient force to blockade Toulon, Lord Collingwood departed for Gibraltar and Cadiz, to contribute his aid to the cause of the Spanish patriots.
19 Oct 1811 rigging ship at Sheerness.
23 Dec 1811 moved from Hamoaze to Cawsand Bay and expected to sail soon.
8 Jan 1812 from Portsmouth, now in Cawsand Bay ; will sail this week for the Mediterranean.
9 Jan 1812 departed Plymouth for the Mediterranean.
28 May 1812 Repulse, Centaur, Malta, and Kent, a part of the in-shore squadron off Toulon.
18 Aug 1812 at Alicant, with the expedition.
19 Dec 1814 arrived Plymouth from Malta.
17 Jul 1840 Plymouth was taken into dock to be broken up. The shipwrights and others to be employed on her are to perform the work by task, to work extra hours, and to have 6s. 6d. per ton for the job.